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  •  Actually, I suspect that if you controlled for (8+ / 0-)

    wealth you would get an even greater correlation than just with race or gender.  Further, I suspect that as we move more and more into apparnet diversity we will continue to get the rich and the powerful doing the talking and they will find more in common with the other rich and pwerfuls than they do with the rest of us, whatever the race or gender.

    . On ne gagne que les combats que l'on mène

    by NearlyNormal on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:41:33 AM PDT

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    •  Experts tend to be well off because they (3+ / 0-)
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      get paid well for being good at what they do.

      Take Paul Krugman for example. The man is good at economics, and that has landed him a professorship, a column in a national paper, a cool million $ from the Nobel committee, and probably a few things on the side.

      Of course, Krugman became rich because he is an expert. More than a few "experts" became "experts" because they are rich or well connected. But even if you take those out, most experts are going to be 1%-ers just by the nature of being experts.

      Repeal the 2nd amendment.

      by Calouste on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:58:29 PM PDT

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      •  "Experts" like George Will and Thomas Friedman (4+ / 0-)
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        And the Mad Canadian, Charlie Krauthammer.

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:20:16 PM PDT

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      •  Then you have the 'born wealthy'. They aren't (2+ / 0-)

        good at anything but family connections and acting smart and smarmy.

        Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.
        (Facts brought to you by the Party of the Future - the GOP)

        by Pescadero Bill on Tue May 14, 2013 at 07:28:28 PM PDT

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      •  And John McCain? (1+ / 0-)

        Neil DeGrasseTyson can talk about more than science. In case no one on a talk show has a clue.

        Most of the folks who book the shows only know a few names. And they are mostly white too. Oh yeah, they went to school with some of those 'experts.' Are in the same social circles. Etc.

        So it's more than finding experts. It's knowing they come in many colors. And it takes a little more thumbing through the rolodex to find more diversity.

        cheerleaders need not apply.

        by kravitz on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:14:04 PM PDT

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      •  This problem is a step removed (0+ / 0-)

        from the actual causes.

        News guests aren't selected from a sample of every American. They're selected from a much smaller pool of people who fit the criteria being sought. If they want to have an economist on their show, then they draw from the pool of economists, people who are predominately male, white, and wealthy. Even if they selected their guest economist totally at random, it wouldn't make much difference.

        Same if they wanted to have a random Congressperson on the show.

        So it makes no sense to complain about the demographics of the guests as compared to America at large. Rather complain about the fact that the pools of guests they draw from are already demographically skewed.

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